The Latest: Minnesota man sentenced to 35 years in IS case

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Posted: Nov 16, 2016 4:31 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the sentencings of the final three of nine Minnesota men convicted of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A federal judge has handed down a 35-year prison term for the last of nine Minnesota men sentenced for plotting to travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State group.

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis told 22-year-old Guled Omar he didn't believe his tearful apologies. However, the 35-year sentence was less than the 40 years prosecutors sought.

Two other members of what Davis calls a "terrorist cell" were sentenced earlier Wednesday to 30 years in prison apiece. A jury convicted all three in June of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit murder outside the U.S.

Six other defendants, who pleaded guilty, were sentenced Monday and Tuesday to terms ranging from time served to 15 years, with long terms of supervised release.

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3 p.m.

A judge has sentenced two Minnesota men to 30 years in prison apiece for their roles in a plot to travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State group.

The sentences handed down by U.S. District Judge Michael Davis on Wednesday match what federal prosecutors were seeking for 22-year-old Mohamed Farah and 22-year-old Abdirahman Daud.

The sentencing hearing is underway for the last of the nine Minnesota men convicted in the case. Prosecutors are seeking 40 years for Guled Omar, who was a leader of a group that the judge has deemed a "terrorist cell."

Sentences handed down Monday and Tuesday for other six defendants, who pleaded guilty instead of going to trial, ranged from time served to 15 years, with long terms of supervised release for all.

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6:45 a.m.

Sentencing hearings are wrapping up for nine men convicted of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

The final three defendants — Guled Omar, Mohamed Farah and Abdirahman Daud — will be sentenced Wednesday. Prosecutors say the 22-year-old men are part of a group of friends in Minnesota's large Somali community who inspired each other to join the militant group.

Six men who pleaded guilty were sentenced on Monday and Tuesday.

Omar, Farah and Daud took their case to trial and were convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, as well as a more serious count of conspiracy to commit murder outside the U.S.

That count carries a possible life sentence, but prosecutors are seeking sentences of 40 and 30 years.